First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for the Wynns portfolio. The wine honours pastoralist and parliamentarian John Riddoch, who was the largest land-owner in South Australia’s south-east corner. With his brother George, the two owned the freehold to more than 70,000 acres. John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate’s extensive Cabernet plantings.
An immensely powerful Cabernet, Wynns John Riddoch is acknowledged as one of Australia's -- and the world's best -- varietal wines. It has become the definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and is arguably richer and more concentrated than any other wine in the region. Made only in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available; less than one percent of the top Cabernet grapes are used to make it. The 1996 is the twelfth John Riddoch to be released - the wine was not made in 1983, 1989 and 1995, reflecting Wynns policy of not compromising the quality of this Coonawarra benchmark. Matured in French oak for up to 26 months, this wine is a blockbuster from the best vineyards in Coonawarra.
Opaque - the deepest of crimsons in colour with mauve purple edges - signalling a wine of profound fruit flavour.
The nose is superb, filled with violets, blackcurrants, dark chocolate, spice and a hint of liquorice.
The palate displays outstanding concentration of flavour, clearly Cabernet, and yet with a finesse that elevates it well above the Wynns Black Label Cabernet and into an International superclass. Superfine flavours of blackcurrant and spice.
Perfect balance, fine-grained tannins, almost velvet like, with exceptionally long blackcurrant spice and liquorice aftertaste, followed by lingering fine dry tannins. An exceptional wine.
96 points James Halliday
Dark, deep red-purple; the bouquet is as concentrated and rich as one would expect, with a mix of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit; ample but not excessive oak. The palate is immensely powerful and concentrated, precisely as one would expect from Riddoch in a vintage such as '96, with a full panoply of dark, black fruit flavours, tannin and oak. (12/1998)
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very dark purple-edged red. Brooding, very closed nose suggests dark plum, cassis and blackberry, intermeshed with dark chocolate and cedary oak notes and a whiff of briar. Assertive and powerful; a long-term red whose rich palate of dark fruit is tightly integrated with a firm spine of youthfully astringent tannins. Tough and rather unyielding at the moment, but should develop slowly and gracefully over the long term. (7/2003)
This was one of my favourite wines of the tasting – it was just so distinctive and complex and expressive. Intensely aromatic – a little touch of leafiness and eucalyptus. Smooth chocolate textured. Fresh and deeply textured. Hard to believe it is already 12 years old. But there are beginnings of leather and cedar box. Concentrated yet lovely purity and freshness. With time in the glass, some gently meaty and savoury notes emerge but so fresh and young. Intensity and purity come from the location and have been preserved by the winemaking. Firm and dry and so fine. Delicious. Structured and elegant. (6/2008)
A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!
13% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||9.8 units|
|Cellaring Potential||For drinking now - cellar 22 years.|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Food Matches||Pairs well with Beef, Game dishes, Lamb and Cheese.|